Dagenham Dragons tame Topcats
PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 September 2015
Club celebrate cup upset
Dagenham Dragons pulled off a National Cup shock with victory over Brixton Topcats on Sunday.
Dragons went into the first round tie as underdogs against a club known as one of the UK’s most famous, having produced some of Britain’s finest talent, including NBA’s Luol Deng and England’s most-capped player Ronnie Baker.
But Dragons set the pace and controlled the game throughout, coming out on top in the first, second and third quarters.
The Topcats refused to lie down, winning the fourth quarter and clawing their way back into the game, but Dragons held on for a memorable 80-75 success.
Dragons gave a debut to 7ft 4in Mike Lewis and his height proved too much for Brixton as he bagged 15 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and three assists.
Coach Jack Kendall said: “Mike certainly turned some heads when he walked in, and he and the lads got on so well, he fitted straight in he must be just as crazy as us!”
Lawrence Brown and Lamar Roberts also teamed up for the first time since the start of pre-season to great effect.
Brown scored 17 points and had 17 rebounds, five assists, seven steals and a block, while Roberts ran away with 20 points, three assists, 17 rebounds and five steals.
But it was not just the big guys ruining Brixton’s day, as Dagenham’s own Jordan Moore came back from injury with a storming display to claim 13 points, eight assists, two rebounds and 11 steals.
Kendall added: “To me stats mean nothing. Every single player made an impact, from the players who came to watch to my dad who fell asleep, to the big men.
“We won because we were together and in each other’s heart.”
Dragons visit Essex Blades in the National Shield on Saturday.
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